Madagascar

Madagascar goes to the polls for the first time since coup...epa03923758 A voter smiles while waiting to cast his ballot in the Presidential Election at a polling station in the capital Antananarivo, Madagascar, 25 October 2013. The much anticipated election, which has been years in the making, will see 33 candidates vying for head of state, after radio DJ-turned-strongman Andry Rajoelina and the leader he ousted, Marc Ravalomanana, were barred from the race. Citizens of Madagascar are to vote in the first presidential election since a military-backed coup in 2009 plunged the nation into chaos and led to donors cutting aid to the impoverished Indian Ocean island.  EPA/KABIR DHANJI

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A voter waits to cast his ballot in the presidential election in the Madagascar capital Antananarivo, the first such poll since a military-backed coup in 2009